Term Time Absence

Please login to stpetersbook to seek permission to take a pupil(s) out of school during term time. Schools can only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. If taking your son/daughter out of school is unavoidable, it is IMPERATIVE that they make every effort to catch up with missed work on their return in their own time.


 Amendments to the 2006 regulations make it clear that Headteachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. We would advise you not to make any bookings until you have checked with the school.

The headteacher will respond to your request in writing.


Absence from School during Term Time

It is the school’s aim to sustain a very high level of attendance from all of its pupils.  In line with guidance from the Department for Education (Regulations 2013), we therefore have the following criteria with regard to Absence from School during term time.

 1     Parents should not normally take pupils out of school during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

 2     All applications for absence MUST be made in writing, normally one month in advance.  “Retrospective” applications for such absence will not normally be approved.

 3     Every request for absence will be considered individually, taking into account the following factors 

  • the age of the child
  • the time of year proposed for the trip
  • its nature and parental wishes
  • the overall attendance pattern of the pupil
  • the child’s stage of education, and progress; in particular, absence at times that will affect progress towards public examinations at KS3 or KS4 is likely to be disruptive, both to the individual pupil and to others in the class, and is therefore most strongly discouraged.

 4     If the school does not agree to the absence and the pupil is absent form school then the absence will be considered un-authorised.

 5     If parents keep a child away for longer than was agreed, any extra time will be recorded as un-authorised.

 6     The school may delete from roll a pupil who fails to return within 10 school days of the agreed return date unless there is a good reason for the continued absence, such as illness.

 The school will work in consultation with the Local authority to ensure effective action in response to un-authorised absences.